What is a buck skinner day?
The Fort Buenaventura Mountain Men is a true buck skinning organization. Our mission statement exclaims.” We endeavor to learn, through study and experimentation, the history and skills of the individuals that occupied North America prior to 1840, emulate their way of life through the many different personas that existed in these time periods and share that knowledge with all interested parties. We hope in some small way to honor the many people that occupied these lands before us and remember their customs, hard work and sacrifice that has been the foundation of our nation and way of life.”
In that spirit we dedicate and meet for one whole day each and every month to share our knowledge with all present in each of the following areas; knots, history, trapping skills, (steel traps, primitive traps), primitive cooking skills, hides and furs, clothing and footwear (time period, materials, styles), hand tools and proper usage, weapons (rifle, smoothbore, archery, knife and hawk) fire (starting methods, fuel, styles), shelters (types, materials), music (jaw harp, strings, drums, flute), games and candy cannon, sign language, aboriginal skills, (pottery, knapping, cordage).
All are invited to try their hand and participate with “hands on” learning while we talk, laugh and do around our fire. We share a potluck picnic amidst our other activities. Black powder and archery shoots are organized for all that are interested. Of course there are games for young and old alike.
Whether you’re curious or want to join us all are welcome. Check out the date, place, time and skills agenda for our next meeting. We’ve got a spot for you by the fire but bring your own mug! Hope to see you there!